Drinking and eating are not only basic physical functions but also cultural actions. The various forms of table behaviour are the focus of this year’s Heritage Days on September 13-14. What better way to whet your appetite than a quick tour of tables that aren’t actually tables?
In summer, in Switzerland as everywhere else, streets transform into giant open-air dining rooms. Students, workers, tourists – in a hurry or relaxed, alone or in groups – all improvise tables and make time for a bite and a chat.
These fleeting venues say a lot about contemporary table rituals, even though they might not be as austere as a convent kitchen, as bucolic as an orchard or as solemn as a gold-panelled dining hall of a castle.
All this and more can be discovered at some 800 events during Heritage Days 2014.
(Photos: Keystone, text: Marc-André Miserez, swissinfo.ch)